December 21, 2014

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Have you noticed, iPentimento | Genealogy and History is now Odiogo enabled?  Not only can you read it via RSS, subscribe to it on Kindle, subscribe with email, but now you can click one button that accompanies each post and have it read to you too.  I have some friends who are vision impaired and this will be something they will really appreciate.

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Share Places, Events and Photos With Schmaps

Schmaps example

Schmaps and Schnaps

How would you like a very easy way to alert bunches of people when your group or business is having an event? And, even better, tell them exactly where it is with a map and photos if you like.  I’m trying out a new Twitter/Facebook application called Schmaps, and have just added some local addresses as my first foray into the Schmaps and Schnaps world.

As you probably have surmised, the concept behind Schmaps (maps)  and Schnaps (snapshots) is to connect a location to a map, and add an address to the location if you have one.  You can use one of your Flickr photos, or upload one from your computer.  (I would caution you to use only your own photos, but I admit the one I used for the map above I “nabbed” from their website.) :)  Even if you don’t have an address for a location like a business, Schmaps has a good search engine that many times will find it and add it to your map.

Several of my genealogy friends spend a lot of time on the road giving presentations and attending  jamborees, expositions and seminars.  As an early adopter of the application I was able to upgrade to the $60/mo Pro version for 6 months. It looks like they have over 800 free Pro accounts yet to give away if you’re interested in trying out the application.

Schmaps keeps a list of my uploads and allows me to retweet them if I choose to do so.  I can also choose to put the tweets on a schedule if I like.  Clicking one button also allows me to connect Facebook with Schmaps to further spread the word about a location or event.

I would really like to see the genealogy community at large adopt this application and use it for promotion and updates about events at geographical locations.  Genealogical societies, are you taking note?

If you absolutely love a business, why not give them a little boost in advertising like I did, and put them on the map with Schmaps?

Follow Friday on iPentimento | Genealogy and History

I’m sure I’ve added to this list since I last posted a link to it, but here is my offering of great genealogists I follow on Twitter and elsewhere.

Webduck’s Twitter List Of Awesome Genealogists

I’d love to add you to this list if you are not already on it!

Thank you to all my RT’ers like:

@NCChemist @maineroots @danamhuff @findagrave @ginisology @toddhouse @hrworth @debhalasz @geneabloggers

MyFamily Confusion With Old And New Sites

MyFamily choices

MyFamily button

Years ago, when I first subscribed to Ancestry, they had free MyFamily sites. I had two of them in those days: Yates and Allied Families, and Wilkerson and Allied Families.  I happily added tons of census records, photos, and any other sundry that pertained to our history.

Then, MyFamily decided this was a pretty lucrative deal and they began charging for what initially had been free.  Their sweetened offer now though was more storage space, so I signed on at $29.95 a year for both sites. Generous family members chipped in, and we continued on for a few more years.  This seemed like a good way to create a ‘repository’ of sorts for each group’s records. More than once my cousins and Jim’s were able to recover pictures when their computer’s failed them.

Skip ahead to present day. I had let my subscriptions lapse when I knew that our income would be tighter after Jim retired. The sites were still there, but ‘dormant’. Recently, since I had some new information and contacts, I created a new site named Old Bordeaux Washington in tribute to the little logging town in which my parents had grown up.  As a paid site, it has its own site address, making it much easier to find.

Admittedly, I’m not the sharpest knife in the bulb drawer, but it is is almost infuriatingly complicated to have TWO MyFamily ‘generation’ choices:

MyFamily choices

Even if I have paid and free sites, and old and new ones, I would just like to be able to universally login to them all! Is that too much to ask? No, but in order to do so I have to migrate my old sites to the new format. Granted, not impossible, but definitely tiresome. Oh, and I have to admit, I am just a teensy bit scared of doing it because I’m afraid if I try it I’ll lose all the info on the old sites.  Whoever said doing genealogy was easy?

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